Forty Hells Angels locations in Canada raided by police

July 17th, 2018

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Friday, April 6, 2007

On Wednesday, approximately forty Hells Angels locations were raided by police in Ontario, New Brunswick, and British Columbia. Police arrested more than thirty people in the three provinces.

The largest Hells Angels location in Canada, located in downtown Toronto on 498 Eastern Ave., was raided early Wednesday morning. Nearly sixteen members were arrested with two members still on the wanted list. Toronto Police removed the sign and are now investigating. They are currently planning a large crackdown on the Hells Angels in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

“Hopefully by now biker gangs and their associates are getting the message: we’re here to shut you down. You can run but you can’t hide, and we will do all that we can to bring you to justice,” said Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner (OPP) Julian Fantino. “I believe that we have to continue the attack on organized crime however it’s manifested, and we owe the citizens of our community no less.” “It’s a good day for policing in Toronto, a good day for policing in Ontario.”

“Project Develop was an 18-month investigation that utilized a full-patch Hells Angels member as a police agent to infiltrate the Toronto downtown chapter of the Hells Angels,” OPP Inspector Dan Redmond said yesterday. “Hells Angels criminal activity has been exposed by one of their own.”

Nearly 170 charges were laid against thirty-one people, police said, though they provided no list of charges or names. Sixteen full-patch members are said to be in custody, with arrest warrants outstanding for another two. Police seized vehicles, drugs, weapons, property and real-estate, but were not specific about the amounts.

The Hells Angels is a large biker gang founded 1948 in Fontana, California and is estimated to have 1,800 members in 22 countries. Since they started many other biker gangs merged with them, due to the fact that the Hells Angels are larger. The Hells Angels have 500 members in Canada, thirty-four active chapters in Canada, sixteen in Ontario, seven in British Columbia, five in Quebec, three in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, and one in Manitoba. A number of raids have been made since, with two in September and January 2006.

A location on Sherwood Ave. in Scarborough, Ontario, and a house on Berard Court in Barrie, Ontario are under a restraining order as they may have drug related crimes.

The Toronto chapter of Hells Angels, in the “Real Deal News” section of their website, alleged that the police were staging a show for the media and that the raids were overly dramatic to make Hells Angels look bad on television.


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It’s a GLAM wrap: Curators meet collaborators at Canberra conference

July 16th, 2018

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Earlier this month, over 150 delegates from cultural institutions, government and the online community gathered at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra over one and a half days for the first GLAM-WIKI conference. The conference brought together representatives from the GLAM sector, comprising galleries, libraries, archives and museums, politicians, and members of the Wikimedia community (who edit the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and its sister sites), to enter into a dialogue regarding ways the three areas can work collaboratively to preserve and promote cultural collections online.

Highlights from the conference included keynote speeches by Wikimedia Foundation Chief Program Officer Jennifer Riggs and Senator Kate Lundy, as well as a panel discussion on the political pressures involved in improving and disseminating GLAM organisations’ online collections featuring Senator Lundy as well as Senator Scott Ludlam, ACT Legislative Assembly shadow minister Alistair Coe, Government 2.0 Taskforce member Seb Chan, Adjunct Director to the Digital Library of the National Library of New Zealand Paul Reynolds and Kylie Johnson, the New Media Advisor for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Sessions focused on ways the Wikimedia and GLAM communities could better work together to further their missions of preserving, curating and sharing cultural knowledge, with streams examining the topics of legal and technical barriers, and the impact on business and education.

Two case studies were presented at the conference, the first being the Powerhouse Museum’s experimental release of some of their photographic collection to Flickr Commons, and the second the collaboration between the German Wikimedia chapter and German Federal Archives to release their collection to Wikimedia Commons. While these and other projects were examined as successful forays into open content, the recent legal action between the United Kingdom’s National Portrait Gallery and a Wikimedian was raised in most sessions as an example of such efforts having negative consequences.

Delegates at the conference engaged in heated discussion both on- and offline, with the #GLAM-WIKI tag on Twitter generating over 500 tweets during the course of the first day. Overall, feedback from participants was strongly positive over both the event and its plans for the future.

Liam Wyatt, the Vice President of the Australian Wikimedia Chapter and organiser of the event, was impressed by the turnout. According to Wyatt, “at 170 registrations it is one of the largest Wikimedia events ever, after [international Wikimedia conference] Wikimania, and to be able to offer that for no attendance fee is testament to the support we received from our partners – most especially the WMF … There are many proposals and discussions that are now starting up as a result of the event and, rightly, these may take quite some time to bear fruit. However, what I think we have achieved immediately is to take the heat out of the debate between the cultural sector and the Wikimedia community.”

Jennifer Riggs was similarly impressed by the dialogue that came as a result of the conference. “It’s gone terrifically, really. People have had the opportunity to be really frank about the concerns that they have.”

By R Reich

When you’re researching Disability Insurance one of the areas you run into is something called the “occupational class”. Insurance of all types is based on an estimate of the financial risk to the insurance company. Based on that data a premium (payment) is calculated.

The factors that go into determining a rate for disability insurance include, among others, one’s health history, age and occupation.

Based on historical claims records, some occupations have lower claims experience than others. Logically, those occupations with lower claims would be assigned an insurance rate in a less expensive “occupational class” and thus would be charged less for someone at the same age with an occupation that has more likelihood of claim payment.

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To take an obvious example, it stands to reason that a worker at a fireworks plant has more likelihood of disability than a CPA. This is an extreme example and it gets very fine tuned. Even an M.D. who is in family practice may have a different occupation class for physician disability insurance than a general surgeon – all based on the industry and that insurance company’s claims experience with the occupation and specialty.

Part of what we do at ProtectYourIncome is sort through this complex set of facts to make sure you get the right company, at the right rate in the right occupational class. Some companies have better rates for different occupations and different specialties within an occupation. We know who they are and who fits you.

With all the disability insurance policies we have set up for clients we’re very up on which disability companies will be right in each set of circumstances. We hope we’ll have the opportunity to help you with this decision.

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Canadian province declares April 13 “Corner Gas Day” to honour retiring TV sitcom

July 15th, 2018

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Friday, April 10, 2009

On Monday, April 6 Saskatchewan Premier, Brad Wall, signed the proclamation that April 13 shall be declared “Corner Gas Day” to honour six seasons of the award winning sitcom, Corner Gas the hit television comedy which will air its last episode “Good Night, You’ve Been Great” April 13, 2009. Lead comedian, producer and writer, Brent Butt was recognised at the signing ceremonies for developing what is called the most successful Canadian show made.

“For six great seasons, Corner Gas has welcomed people from across Canada and around the world to our province, and made short work of the misconception that there’s ‘not a lot going on’ in Saskatchewan. We want to thank Saskatchewan’s own Brent Butt, the Corner Gas producers, cast and crew for many hours of laughter.” said Wall, “Their stories have really captured the spirit of this great province, and shown off Saskatchewan to the world.”

Corner Gas has an audience of 1.4 million in Canada since first airing in January 2004. The show has been honoured with over 80 nominations, and diverse accolades and awards such as six Gemini awards, one of which was Best Comedy Series.

“I’m honestly humbled by this. It’s a wonderful and much appreciated gesture by my home province to honour us in this way. It’s the type of honour you don’t even think about happening, so when it does, it makes you stand up and think: ‘Wow, maybe we really did something here’,” said Butt.

Joking with Wall, Butt suggested that “Corner Gas Day” should be a statutory holiday, if not for everybody then at least for service station attendants. The proclamation signing was aired on CTV the same Monday that Wall was featured in a cameo appearance on the Corner Gas series episode, “Get the F Off my Lawn”. Wall was filmed in a scene in which he was getting his gas tank filled up at the Corner Gas service station.

Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc said “It’s farewell, not goodbye. While April 13 marks the series’ finale, the memories and the legacy it leaves behind will live on forever. A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who have made this history-making series a juggernaut success, and to the millions of fans who visited Dog River weekly.”

The Canadian comedy series is aired by CTV Television Network in Canada and is distributed to 26 countries worldwide.

The popular sitcom, Corner Gas is filmed about 40 kilometers (25 mi) south of Regina in the tiny farming community of Rouleau. CTV will air tributes on April 13 in honour of Corner Gas and Dog River which feature the cast and behind the scenes footage.

Chair Covers From Chaircoverdepot.Co.Uk

July 13th, 2018

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Sometimes the furniture in our home can become dated before we even know it. We usually only think of replacing furniture when it becomes broken, which if a piece of furniture is made well doesn t always happen. Pieces of furniture such as sofas and chairs are often built to last, which means that they ll give you fantastic value for money, sitting in your home for a great many numbers of years. However this means that the style of chair you chose 5 years ago is still in your home and this may not be ideal. It could be that your tastes have changed or that fashion has moved on, but either way it is easy to find yourself stuck with a chair that functions perfectly well but is dated.

If you are on a budget then it can be hard to stretch to buying a new piece of furniture, especially when the items you have looks fine and works fine but just aren t to your taste. However that doesn t mean that you should put up with having furniture in your home that you don t like. Instead what you should look at is chair covers.

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Chair covers are available in a massive range of styles, sizes, designs and patterns. This means that no matter what you are looking for there will be something to suit you. These simply slip over your existing chair coverings to give your chair a brand new look and feel. Of course as these are only covers they are much cheaper than replacing all your furniture which means that they are affordable to many people.

As they come in so many different styles you really can shop around to find something that matches what you are looking for perfectly. Once you have covered all of your chairs with your brand new chair covers you will notice that the whole room has a new look and feel and at a fraction of the cost it would have been to buy brand new furniture. Why not have a look online at the different types available? You are bound to find something to suit you.


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1 million people welcome 2007 in Sydney

1 million people welcome 2007 in Sydney

July 13th, 2018

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Monday, January 1, 2007

A crowd of approximately 1 million has welcomed the new year in Sydney overnight. Many of the crowd had camped out since 6 AM AEDT (7PM UTC) to ensure they had the best vantage point for the fireworks displays at 9 PM and 12 AM. Earlier predictions of rain failed to dampen enthusiastic revellers and fortunately did not eventuate.

According to police, vantage points were Circular Quay and Sydney Opera House closed around 7 PM.

This year’s theme was “A diamond night in Emerald City” and celebrated the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s diamond anniversary of 75 years which will fall in March.

As usual, the bridge became the centre piece of Sydney’s celebrations with a question mark turning into a coat hanger during the 9 PM fireworks show before a diamond appeared at 11 PM.

Entertainment was held in the city throughout the day, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Revellers counted down the final seconds of 2006 with numbers on the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The festivities are estimated to have cost AUD $4 million and organisers claim their fireworks display is “the largest in the world”. Sydney’s celebrations were broadcast on television live around the world as other countries prepared their New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Despite the large crowd, police made only 58 arrests for offences including offensive conduct, stealing, assaulting police, goods in custody, assault, drink driving and affray.

Ambulance officers were called to 1,139 incidents in Sydney with another 900 in country areas.

US army whistleblowers allege widespread torture of Iraqi detainees

US army whistleblowers allege widespread torture of Iraqi detainees

July 13th, 2018

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Human Rights Watch yesterday released a report containing new and detailed allegations, by three serving US army officers, of widespread torture and abuse of Iraqi detainees by American forces, at Forward Operating Base Mercury, near Fallujah.

Prisoners are alleged to have been severely beaten, forced into painful “stress positions”, deprived of sleep, denied food and water, subjected to extremes of hot and cold, and to have had chemical substances applied to their skin and eyes.

Some of the abuses were specifically ordered by Military Intelligence personnel, prior to prisoner interrogations, say the officers. In other cases, soldiers tortured prisoners (known as Persons Under Control—PUCs) on their own initiative, in order to “relieve stress”.

“Everyone in camp knew if you wanted to work out your frustration you show up at the PUC tent. In a way it was sport”, one sergeant told Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch suggests that the widespread abuses result from “civilian and military failures of leadership and confusion about interrogation standards and the application of the Geneva Conventions“.

“The administration demanded that soldiers extract information from detainees without telling them what was allowed and what was forbidden,” the group’s Washington Director, Tom Malinowski, is quoted as saying. “Yet when abuses inevitably followed, the leadership blamed the soldiers in the field instead of taking responsibility.”

The US government has claimed in previous cases that such abuses are exceptional, and not the fault of civilian or military leaders.

An unnamed captain told Human Rights Watch that he had tried repeatedly, over a period of 17 months, to raise concerns about the abuses with his superior officers, only to be told to ignore them and “consider his career”. The concerns were only taken seriously after he approached members of Congress, he says. The Los Angeles Times today named the officer as Captain Ian Fishback.

The US army yesterday announced that it had launched an investigation into the captain’s allegations. Army Spokesman Paul Boyce told the Associated Press that army officials opened the inquiry as soon as the concerns were brought to their attention. “These are allegations of potential felony crimes,” Boyce told the Los Angeles Times. “We want to speak to anyone else who might be able to corroborate this information. These things should be looked into thoroughly.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the investigation was opened following a referral from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Captain Fishback is the first officer to make such allegations publicly since the Abu Ghraib prison scandal came to light last year, says the newspaper, quoting an unnamed Capitol Hill aide as saying that the allegations are “very credible”.

How To Prevent The 8 Deadly Diseases Of The Western World

July 13th, 2018

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By Sherrie Chastain

A warning is definitely needed for the Western world, particularly for people eating food out of grocery stores and restaurants. Know anyone like that?

Like the aristocrats of ancient Rome, many Americans are literally eating themselves to an early death. I feel that with a little bit of basic knowledge, supported by statistics and research from the cutting edge of health and science, people can take some simple steps and put the odds of living a longer healthier life back in their favor. There are 8 major diseases that have been sweeping the land since the 1940’s. All of them were virtually unheard of at the turn of the 20th century.

I started to do some of my own research, because I am one of those 77 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964, that is quickly aging & I want to preserve my health as long as possible.

There is a lot of contradictory information available, which is why so many people are confused about what to do to maintain their health. I’ve heard people say things like: “there’s so much contradiction out there, who knows what to believe anymore–I’ll just eat what I want and take my chances”.

Incredibly, some of the so-called studies I read were funded by the very industries that were directly affected by the results! For example, how serious do we take a study on the effects of pesticide use, when it is funded by a pesticide manufacturing company? Or how about a study on the effects of dairy products on asthma and allergy patients that was funded by the Dairy Council of America?

I call this “junk” science. They start out with a proposition to prove, and then they find a way to manipulate the data in order to prove it! I decided to sift through the science and only qualify studies where the funding source was disconnected from an interested party.

In addition, I started studying people who were healthy themselves and maybe had overcome personal illness through holistic healing or natural remedies, people who had experienced definite, verifiable results (like me), using alternative medicine. There has always been something about our “drugs and surgery” approach to health care that never made sense to me. During my research I found a huge number of people that supported the idea that good health resulted from right choices with regard to food, nutrition, water, exercise and rest. Using a combination of carefully filtered scientific studies, stories, and good old common sense, I found that if the body is given those five elements in the proper form and amount, the body can solve almost any problem.

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Most of us assume we are living longer, because the longevity stats have gone way up in the last 100 years. But the sad truth is that because these 8 diseases are growing so fast, we are actually living shorter…but taking longer to die. Our technology keeps us alive longer, but we sacrifice the quality of life in the process. Can there really be dignity when our elderly spend months or even years in a vegetative state hooked up to a machine?

What about the economic impact of this trend?

I used to think that normal aging was the same for everybody. You get one of the eight deadly diseases, and then you slowly die. Imagine my surprise when I learned that heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, is a relatively new disease! The first modern cases were reported in 1912, and even then it was extremely rare. Today heart disease kills four times as many American women each year as breast cancer. For 300,000 people each year, the first and only symptom of heart disease is sudden death. How did it go from almost non-existent to the number one spot?

What about cancer? Only 3% of us died of cancer a hundred years ago. Today, almost 30% of us will succumb to it. The 1909 edition of the standard U.S. textbook, Principles and Practice of Medicine, devoted only 15 pages to cancer. Breast and prostate cancers were not even mentioned; colon cancer received 2 lines. In contrast, the 1994 edition of Principles of Internal Medicine devoted 174 pages to this affliction.

Stroke, which killed only a very few people a hundred years ago, is today the number three deadly disease killer of Americans.

Alzheimer’s wasn’t even diagnosed until 1907. Today, 40% of those over 85 are suffering from it.

Diabetes has increased 600% in just the last generation. Each year, Diabetes kills more than twice as many American women as breast cancer.

Over 40 million Americans suffer with some form of Arthritis or Osteoporosis. Ask any American woman what disease she fears most and she’ll probably say breast cancer. Yet hip fractures kill more women than cancers of the breast, cervix and uterus combined.

Finally, there are the auto immune disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein-Barr virus, lupus, fibromyalgia, and AIDS. I lump them into one big category, and this group is growing like wildfire in the US right now. 20 years ago, they didn’t even have names for most of this stuff and many of them were written off by doctors as psycho-sematic. But the harsh symptoms of these auto-immune disorders are currently wreaking havoc on the health of tens of thousands of Americans, and in the case of AIDS, are killing people at an alarming rate.

Obviously, something has gone terribly wrong here, and it’s happened in our lifetime. But we’re acting as if all of these diseases are just a part of the normal aging process! Not so! There is nothing normal or natural about degenerative disease. We have convinced ourselves it is normal as a way of dealing with the terrible new reality of sickness and disease in the modern world.

Many of these deaths are totally unnecessary.

And that’s the tragedy. When a plane crashes and a few hundred people die, it makes the front page news for days. But when a million people die of heart disease or a half a million die of cancer, you would think there would be more of an outcry. It’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people crashing every single hour of every single day of every single month for an entire year, year after year.

How long do you plan on living? To what age? 70? 80? 90? 100+? What do you think is reasonable? Now, take that figure and add 10 extra healthy years to it. What if you could live to 100 and beyond without the pain and disease that most people think comes with old age?

Today the average person lives to about 76. That’s 79 for women and 72 for men. But in certain areas of the world centenarians are common. We have only lately started to uncover why.

Today, the risk of dying of any thing before you are 40 is really very small. But starting at 40, you enter the zone of the 8 deadly diseases. How deadly are they? They kill more than 80% of us, which is sad because the majority of the time they are preventable.

In summary food, nutrition, water, exercise and rest are the keys to enjoying the highest level of optimum health for many years after we thought possible.

See you at my hundredth birthday party, will you be there?

About the Author: Sherrie Chastain

Holistic Healing Health Care ConsultantHolistic Healing, Natural Remedies, Alternative Medicine

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Chlorine spill in China’s Jiangsu province kills 28, injures hundreds

Chlorine spill in China’s Jiangsu province kills 28, injures hundreds

July 11th, 2018

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Thursday, March 31, 2005

A tanker truck filled with 35 tons of liquid chlorine collided with another truck and crashed in China’s Jiangsu province on Wednesday, leaking its load, killing at least 28 and injuring hundreds. 10,000 villagers have been evacuated from the surrounding area along the BeijingShanghai expressway.

The driver left the scene of the accident in Huai’an city, but later in the day turned himself over to authorities in Nanjing, the provincial capital. The driver of the other truck died on the scene.

Vice mayor Lu Changsu told China’s Xinhua that the death toll may increase because three patients are still in critical condition. Lu said that 350 people remain hospitalized.

A cleanup crew is treating the accident site with a caustic soda. Area farmers are concerned that local farmland will be rendered infertile by the spill.

CPC Vice Premier Huang Ju asked the provincial Jiangsu government to “spare no efforts”, according to Xinhua.